Climate action and sustainable development

Green and clean. How can local government deliver services and engage citizens for a more sustainable future and a cooler climate?

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Waste Policy Review

Last year, the Government embarked upon a full review of its waste policies in England in order to progress Coalition Agreement commitments to: “work towards a zero waste economy and encourage councils to pay people to recycle and work to reduce littering” introduce “measures to promote a huge increase in energy from waste through anaerobic…

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Somerset leader seeks third nuclear reactor

Ken Maddock is a pragmatist. The leader of the Conservative-led Somerset County Council moved swiftly last autumn to rubber-stamp £43m of cuts to Somerset’s budget two months before the government had released any figures, prompting criticism that he was perhaps being too hasty.

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Carbon Budgets: The fourth carbon budget in context

The recent announcement on the fourth carbon budget will have significant implications for local government: this briefing analyses the announcement and summarises the relevant context.

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Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management in England

This briefing highlights important consultations that will shape the new National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England, and clarify future roles, responsibilities and funding.

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Microgeneration strategy consultation

As part of a raft of announcements on climate change the Department of Energy and Climate Change is launching a consultation on microgeneration. Some of the issues of importance to councils are the role of planning, ESCOs, heat mapping and the Green Deal.

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Energy Bill

The Energy Bill was introduced on December 8th. Most of the legislation will enable implementation of the Green Deal a scheme which provides capital for energy efficiency that is paid back through utility bills

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Climate Week is hotting up for councils

As one of the local government endorsers of Climate Week, the LGiU was invited to last night’s launch event in Westminster with Greg Baker, Minister for Energy and Climate Change and around 800 others. It was excellent to attend the event on behalf of local government and to see councils, such as Lewisham, Birmingham and…

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Pricing the environment makes business sense

The short term market driven view of “soulless corporation” can be “cancerous” to the environment and biodiversity. Sounds like an environmental campaign slogan. Not quite. This comes as a warning from Pavan Sukdev, author of the highly anticipated report The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) for Business launched today on the value of the…

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